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Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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From the Back Cover
There have been many Marilyn Monroe photo books—but nothing like this.
Curator and photographic preservationist David Wills has amassed one of the world’s largest independent archives of original Marilyn Monroe photographs. Now, in Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis, he has gathered spectacular, museum-quality work from Marilyn’s key photographers—Richard Avedon, George Barris, Cecil Beaton, Bernard of Hollywood, Andre de Dienes, Elliott Erwitt, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Tom Kelley, Douglas Kirkland, Willy Rizzo, Sam Shaw, and many others—to create this dazzling portfolio of images from every period of Marilyn Monroe’s adult life, from her wedding day in 1942 till just weeks before her death two decades later. Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis pays homage to her continually evolving style and extraordinary beauty.
Among the highlights:
- Previously unseen Kodachrome, dye transfer, and Carbro prints of Norma Jeane from her modeling career.
- Classic portraits and pinups in luscious full color, digitally restored from the original transparencies.
- Never-before-seen photos from the sets of The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, The Misfits, and Something’s Got to Give.
- Rare candids of Marilyn with Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, and others.
- Previously unpublished photos by Richard Avedon, George Barris, Cecil Beaton, David Conover, Elliott Erwitt, John Florea, Tom Kelley, Richard C. Miller, Frank Powolny, Willy Rizzo, Zinn Arthur, and many others.
Pairing more than two hundred first-generation photos with reflections on Marilyn from her friends, work associates, and admirers—and including her last interview, in which she reflects on her life and fame—Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis is an unforgettable showcase of the actress’s transformation from an unknown factory worker to one of the most recognized faces in history.
About the Author
Australian-born David Wills is an author, independent curator, photographic preservationist, and editor who has accrued one of the world's largest independent archives of original photographs, negatives, and transparencies. He has contributed material to many publications and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Wills has produced a series of photography exhibitions based on images from his archive. His shows include Murder, Models, Madness: Photographs from the Motion Picture Blow-Up; Edie Sedgwick: Unseen Photographs of a Warhol Superstar; Blonde Bombshell; James Bond; Women with Issues: Photographs from the Motion Picture Valley of the Dolls; and Warhology.
Wills's books include Ara Gallant; Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis; Audrey: The 60s; Hollywood in Kodachrome; and Seventies Glamour. He is also the co-author of Veruschka.
His books and exhibitions have received major profiles in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, American Photo, Vogue, Interview, and Time. He has also written articles on photography and popular culture for publications including the Huffington Post, V Magazine, and Palm Springs Life.
Top Customer Reviews
While the book is being touted as providing never-before-seen images of Marilyn, the die-hard Monroe aficionado will likely have seen most of the photographs of Marilyn contained in the book. However, even I came across several photos of Marilyn in Metamorphosis that I have never seen. Regardless of whether you've seen one or all of the photos of Marilyn in this book, I'll guarantee that what you've not seen are such high quality images of Monroe in any other photo book.
The coloring and definition of these portraits are indeed the finest I've come across in any other publication. The resolution, clarity and richness of photographs in Metamorphosis are unsurpassed. In addition, the overall feel and look of this book is quite high, from the heavy paper used to the gold-toned printing of the text. This book is a rare "must have" for every Marilyn Monroe fan and collector.
The theme of the book is chronicling the many looks Marilyn underwent through the years. Different hairstyles, wardrobe, makeup, various dress sizes--always preternaturally beautiful. But it also dispels the rumor that she was remodeled by plastic surgery. Some of the loveliest shots are her as a fresh-faced, reddish-brown-haired, very young, professional model. Even before her Hollywood transformation she had an undeniable glow. And to the very end she retained that extra special somethingness that can't be manufactured or duplicated.
The quality of this hard covered book is superb.Read more ›
To begin to maneuver through the mountains of mass media available on Monroe would seem like a challenging task. Luckily for us, author David Wills has done the homework and research and has presented the definitive Marilyn visual biography, in pictures (many previously unpublished) and words (by way of carefully selected quotes). For Marilyn aficionados and novices alike, "Metamorphosis" is a rare treat, the visual proof of her legend, and the most concise summary of what makes Marilyn so magical and haunting and seductive.
The book is sleekly designed, and its size and weight encourages you to find the nearest comfortable sofa and devote an entire afternoon to enjoying its contents, in order to savor every detail of each page. As has been remarked on other customer reviews here, the quality of the photographs is amazingly life-like, miraculously and meticulously restored to high-gloss loveliness, in both crisp b&w and a color which recalls the Technicolor fantasies of 1950's Hollywood movies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful book, one of the best ive seen for MM pictures. Worth it.Published 2 months ago by MFM008
Bought it for a friend who collects Marilyn Memorabilia. She loves it. I've seen it and was pleased with this purchase. It's a quality book, stylish with excellent photographs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KBz